Padres fire president and CEO Mike Dee

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This was unexpected: Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego Padres have fired team president and CEO Mike Dee. The club did not give a specific reason for his firing and Dee has declined comment. The club’s managing partner, Peter Seidler, issued a statement with vague platitudes about “stability” and “changes,” said that Dee was “no longer with” the Padres and that the club being on the right track.

Dee first joined the Padres front office in 1995, lasting in various positions until 2002, where he led the charge to get Petco Park built. A Larry Lucchino protege, Dee left to join the Red Sox that year and stayed there until 2009, where he topped out as Boston’s COO, before becoming the President of the Fenway Sports Group, which is the parent organization of the Red Sox and team ownership’s other sports ventures. Between 2009 and 2013 he was the CEO of the Miami Dolphins before returning to the Padres in 2013.

Dee hired general manager A.J. Preller, but Lin reports that his dismissal has nothing to do with Preller’s recent suspension for misconduct relating to player medical reports. Dee had worked primarily on the business side of things, overseeing renovations to Petco Park and the club’s hosting of the 2016 All-Star Game.


Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.